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Three Of Them.
Paradigm Shift 2:
Focusing on your learning also changes how we teach. We use the genuine challenges of a local partner to create your learning terrain where you’ll learn hard things because you need to know them in order to help another human being.
Our approach comes from Doris Korda, a master teacher who has developed a radically different methodology for teaching that’s centered on students solving real problems in their communities. She has trained our teachers in her methods, which are rooted in cognitive science and have been honed over years of working with students and teachers all over the world.
Teachers use these methods to design educational experiences so that you will learn all sorts of new things while doing. Teachers will help your team navigate the complex process of problem-solving through in-class workshops, field research, hands-on design exercises, collaborative assignments, and public presentations.
We know you learn best while doing something you care about. That makes it our job to create opportunities for you to do challenging and consequential things for people who need your help.
Paradigm Shift 3:
The End Result
Here’s a not-so-secret secret: Most people don’t remember much of what they learned in high school. It’s odd when you think about it: Why do we spend so much time learning things that we will forget?
Traditional school is based on the assumption that you need to prepare or “stock up” for some future where you’ll need to know the quadratic equation, the causes of the War of 1812, and how to conjugate irregular verbs.
Here, we understand our job isn’t so much to teach you things; it’s to help you learn how to learn. The world you will inherit will be so complex and will change so rapidly that we have a responsibility to help you build your knowledge base and deepen your skills and habits.
After all, there is no exam at the end of high school, just a set of hard questions:
- How do you master complex content accurately and quickly?
- How do you tackle a problem with no known solution?
- How do you work with people who disagree with you and with whom you disagree?
- How do you empathize? Lead? Listen? Partner?
- How do you learn?